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What Is A Coronary Stent?

A Coronary Stent is an object (typically a mesh tube) that is designed to keep the vessel of the coronary artery opened. Coronary Stents are most commonly used during an angioplasty, and work to keep the artery opened after blockages are removed.

When Might I Need A Coronary Stent?

You will typically need a coronary stent following an angioplasty or other procedure in which it is important that the artery remain opened. If you have blockages in your coronary artery or restricted blood flow, your doctor may use a coronary stent to help treat the problem.

What Should I Expect?

A Coronary Stent procedure typically takes about 1 ½ to 2 hours to perform.

Before the procedure, you will be given a local anesthetic and something to help you relax. This will make you tired, but you will not be put under for the procedure. You will also be hooked up to an IV to keep you hydrated and comfortable during the entire process. Next, a catheter (with a small balloon attached) will be inserted, typically in the thigh or arm. The catheter makes its way to the artery blockage, where the balloon is inflated, and the stent is placed. Once the stent is in place, the balloon catheter is deflated and removed.

How Should I Prepare For The Procedure?

To prepare for a Coronary Stent, it is important that you quit smoking for good!

Your doctor may also recommend that you take aspirin leading up to your appointment, and that you fast for the entire day leading up to the procedure. Be sure to discuss any and all medications, allergies and medical conditions with your doctor beforehand. It is also a good idea to bring a list of medications, allergies and medical conditions with you on the day of the procedure.

You will also need to arrange for someone to drive you home after the procedure. You will be drowsy and will not be permitted to drive yourself home afterwards.

If you have any questions about a Coronary Stent, be sure to ask your doctor during your next appointment.

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